CYNTHIA MARIE BLACK August 20, 1952 – September 13, 2013 Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Cindy attended Hanahauoli School, Punahou, Mills College and Burklyn Business school. Cindy’s career in the publishing business spanned 30 years. She was President and Editor-In-Chief of Beyond Words Publishing Company founded in 1983. The company became the leader in the specialized category of mind, body and spirit. One of Cindy’s amazing accomplishments was her collaboration with Rhonda Byrne regarding a film “The Secret”. When Cindy saw the film, she convinced Byrne to publish a book based on the film. The book “The Secret” was on the New York Times best seller list for 200 weeks and was translated Into 40 languages. Among Cindy’s industry awards were Entertainment Marketer of the Year by Advertising Age and she was also chosen by Independent Publisher as one of the 10 Outstanding Women in Independent Publishing. Now in partnership with Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Beyond Words continues to lead the mind, body and spirit field. Cindy maintained two homes – her “business” home in Hillsboro, Oregon and her “family” home in Honolulu. In 2013, Cindy returned home to Honolulu for her final journey. Encouraging and advising neophyte writers were part of Cindy’s life. She offered them many opportunities in the publishing world. Cindy is survived by her loving family mother Connie, sister Evie and brother Tom Black. Cindy was predeceased by her father Everett. A private service was held at Lanikai Beach where Cindy spent many happy years. Donations to Islands Hospice.